President Obama tells the New Yorker Americans are still uncomfortable with his race

This week’s edition of the New Yorker features a lengthy profile of President Obama based on several interviews conducted by David Remnick. In the article, the President comments on everything from NSA leaker Edward Snowden to why he doesn’t watch the Sunday talk shows to why he thinks the American people are over him. But perhaps the most eye-opening remark came in relation to the racism he has faced.

“So the president can see a day when white and black can judge people on the content of their character. It’s just not today and not with him,” Glenn joked on radio this morning. “He said in New Yorker magazine: ‘No doubt there are some folks who really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president.’ Mr. President, I mean, this is so tired.”

In the article, Reminck explained that the 2008 election “was one of the great markers in the black freedom struggle.” But by 2012, some of that progress was apparently lost.

“Obama lost among white voters in 2012 by a margin greater than any victor in American history,” Remnick writes. “The popular opposition to the Administration comes largely from older whites who feel threatened, underemployed, overlooked, and disdained in a globalized economy and in an increasingly diverse country. Obama’s drop in the polls in 2013 was especially grave among white voters.”

As President Obama sees it, there will always be people who are just uncomfortable with the idea of having a black president. He told Remnick:

“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President. Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President.”

“Do you know what this is? This is a guy who’s done a horrible job who’s immersed in scandal after scandal, who can’t get anything accomplished. He’s making excuses for himself. Going to the easiest card he can play and that’s the racist card,” Pat said. “Pathetic. You were re-elected despite doing a crappy job. The economy is still in the tank. Don’t tell me it’s because of racism.”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I am sorry to point this out to liberals and Obama just because 60% of this country thinks you’re doing a very bad job does not mean 60% of this country is racist. No it means you suck at your job and people are taking notice of that.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    This was my reaction when I read this earlier this morning.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I hope liberals understand they just took a dumped on MLK’s dream by doing this.

  • RGN57

    No, Mr. President it is not race. You can trust a thief since you know he will steal from you. bYou cannot trust a liar since you never kbnow when he will lie to you, except in your case: it’s all the time.

  • Anonymous

    Wow….this man just doesn’t quit trotting out the race card. The most racist divider in my lifetime. No, Mr. President, it has nothing to do with your race it is your country destroying, anti-American, marxist agenda that I loathe. I would have loved to see Herman Cain whip his butt in the last presidential race; but no, the leftists/racists went after him like attack dogs. The democrats/leftists/racists only like black people that meet their victimhood agenda and the step and fetchers.

  • Anonymous

    …and I bet that 95% of those of the same color agree with him. It just couldn’t be because he is an imbecile and unworthy to even darken the door of an place of leadership in this country. He needs to go back to Hawaii and snort the cocaine.

  • Anonymous

    His race is fine. It’s the fact his birth certificate is indeed a forgery that bothers me.

  • ₩ASP

    What exactly is your “race” Mr. President ?

  • Anonymous

    Oh yes, it does mean we are racists ;-)

    Affirmative Action is equal opportunity for all: the incompetent as well as competent. So, we are indeed racists.

    ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Obama
    I don’t care if you are green with red spots and purple ears. It is not your color that I am against. It is your Socialist/Communist policies that I hate. I hate the fact that you are trying to destroy all the progress this country has made in race relations for political purposes. I hate the fact that you are trying to destroy the system of government that has built the greatest country in the world. A country where anyone of any color can work hard and succeed at any thing they want to do. A country where Individuals are responsible for themselves and don’t have to answer to a government but the Government has to answer to the Individual. A country where with hard work anyone can start with nothing and work themselves up the socioeconomic ladder. Mr. Obama the reason I have an extreme dislike for you is because you are trying to destroy our country! I am very tired of the fact that every time someone disagrees with you, you and other race baiters try to label them as racists. It has gotten to the point that you are just like the little boy who called wolf. Few if anyone is listening anymore. That is a shame because when there are real cases of race discrimination you and people like you are diminishing those cases voice.

  • Fat Lip

    Just a quick note here Barry you can blame us white folk all you want but lets get this clear sir I no more care about the color of your skin any more than the color of your shoes but with the record you have made for yourself is your own don’t blame my white skin on your bad ethic’s !

  • Fat Lip

    Right -On brother

  • Co2

    Does the prez have to play the ‘race’ card to desperately try to up his poll ratings? That is ridiculous! America has a myriad of races. It’s LEADERSHIP. LIES. COVER-UPS. CORRUPTION. DICTATORSHIP. DISRESPECT of CONSTITUTION.
    A person with 5 arms, 9 colors, 4 eyebrows would be admired as pres if the above was corrected.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not the color of Obama’s skin that bothers me – it’s his lack of integrity and the way he is forcing socialism on the American people. This is the United States of America and we will not tolerate anyone pushing their socialistic agenda where it’s not wanted or needed.

  • Anonymous

    It is not about RACE, it is about his IDEOLOGIES.

  • bizzy buzzbee

    Let me say this please Mr. think you are black! You are not even BI-RACIAL! You are a Heinz 57 mix!! And so buddy, you want to make excuses you and all your cronies, remember that! And don’t forget you have white blood in you too! What you and your idiot followers do is really called REVERSE RACISIM! So take your sorry multicolored A– and SHUT UP you and all of your “loyal” low life no brainers who have taken our county down the tubes, and go drowned yourselves in a manure pit! You might as well since all of you smell like crap anyway!!!!

  • Bill Tilghman

    It seems the President is the one making his race an issue, and in fact he has made quite a career of it. He was supposed to be a great uniter, yet he has proven to be a great divider. He and his administration are so focused on race that they have gotten little else done in 5 years. He has not helped the economy, his policies have only made the unemployment and economic slump worse, he’s been responsible for more scandals than any recent president, and he has made political consideration his number one priority over and above everything else, including the lives of four men working in a dangerous place at his behest, and a US Border Patrolman who was killed because his Attorney General’s mishandling of a covert operation intended to stop gun trafficking to mexican drug cartels that blew up in Mr. Holder’s face.

    So he is engaged in pursuit of an agenda rather than being the leader of this nation, and that is causing all kinds of problems both at home and abroad, but he wants to deflect all of that by calling many of the people of this country racists! This is insulting and demeaning to all of america, and yet another example of his being unfit to continue in the Office of the President of the United States of America. His very presence in that role has resulted in a diminished level of respect for that office and the nation among all the nations of Earth.

    His race isn’t the problem, the problem is he is simply despicable.

  • Mary

    I am fed up with this playing of the race card. Obama’s race has absolutely nothing to do with his loss of popularity. He has intentionally divided this country, he is destroying our Constitution,he aids and abets our enemies who have sworn to kill us and he has them in high positions in the WH. He stTed the if the winds should shift in that direction, that he would side with the Muslims. I could go on and on. He hates this country and he hates U.S. Citizens. He is destroying our military, persecuting our vets, etc.. That, Obama, is why you are not liked and nor are you trusted. Race has NOTHING to do with it. Grow up.

  • Anonymous

    This guy has NO shame and no respect for this country & it’s people.

  • Anonymous

    More divide and conquer from the narcissist .

  • Anonymous

    When all else fails play the race card. If America is so terribly racist how did YOU get elected ? Only 13% of the population is black so assuming you got 100% of the black vote you still would not have won. Millions of whites voted for you OR you won through voter fraud ! Which is it Mr. P’resident ?

  • Anonymous

    Not to mention his father was not a citizen.

  • ₩ASP

    I heard he isn’t even half black lol, his real father was actually an Arab. His step Dad was black. Or no one really knows because his mother was a filthy white-trash whore. He is a bastard of a bastard of a bastard. At anyrate, his deeds are what are deplorable, the lying marxist POS.

    He was hand-picked by the PTB for the role he is playing. The whole “right/left” paradigm is BS !!! We need a new coin. The next shill to come along will continue with the script as set forth by the PTB, until it all implodes, explodes, or goes nuclear or just fizzles into a slow death for all. I’m completely pessimistic at this point. I don’t believe anyone that is in the limelight.

  • Anonymous

    Voter fraud helped him to the finish line.

    States are being sued for requesting documentation to register to vote. Real docs, like birth certificate, passport, naturalization papers. This is way past due.

  • Stand up

    He cares more about his race than I do. Like Martin Luther King said, it’s more about the content of the heart than the color of the skin. That’s the only thing you can change, your heart, your character.

  • Snorri

    Oh! it’s all about Obama’s race is it? The fact the the economy is FUBAR and nothing has been clarified regarding Benghazi and the IRS criminal persecutions have been swept under the rug has nothing to do with how people feel? How nice to have a paranoid narcissist as President.

  • Anonymous

    Mr President, your success, or lack thereof, is not dependent on your color. The highest post in America depends on accomplishment, integrity and values. The fact that your popularity is shrinking so badly only points out that YOU are distancing yourself from your fellow Americans, both blacks and whites.

  • Anonymous

    Pathetic! This is just more phoney baloney. Obama will never admit to knowing the real reason we dislike him so intensely because that might mean he is WRONG in what he is doing to the country.

  • landofaahs

    I thought we were all part of the human race. Well, if Obama says he’s not, then I will take his word for it, after all he knows his ancestry better than anyone.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but when some blacks, and I would guess quite a few, could vote up to six times, then tht 13% can easily become more than 50% and voila, we have a black president.

  • landofaahs

    It’s a true sign of self inferiority. Justifiably so I might add.

  • landofaahs

    I thought it was to prove to armadillo’s and opossum’s that it could be done.

  • landofaahs

    That’s a huge chip or chuck on his shoulder.

  • landofaahs

    They don’t care. Everyone is expendable to the liberal power base.

  • landofaahs

    I always wondered what the race card is. Is it the king of spades or the joker or what?

  • Guest17

    It has NOTHING to do with race! I was under the impression he is black AND white. No, it has to do with your horrendous socialist policies, that I despise. I am praying to GOD every single day that we make it through the next three years.

  • landofaahs

    Acquaintances of mine insist he was a CIA plant.

  • Anonymous

    What a wishy-washy whiner. First it was Bush’s fault, then Congress’ and now it is the white people’s fault that the adoration for him has waned. What an imposter, what a hypocrite! Just because no one believes his “fish-stories” anymore because they stink high to heaven, the American white people have to be racists! No, Mr. they just stopped drinking the red cool aid you dished out so freely.

  • ₩ASP

    I wouldn’t be surprised, aren’t all presidents ?

  • Anonymous

    Obama’s victim mentality is exhausting.

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    he is the ultimate divider, just look at that smug look on his face, all politicians are dividers or they wouldn’t have a job and be robbing all that money from the taxpayer but this man is the greatest, I notice is wife didn’t invite any of the common folks to her birthday bash even after asking them to contributed their own birthday gifts to her campaign, only the stars can party with Michelle but she is just like the rest of us

  • Anonymous

    Bingo ! Vote fraud !

  • Geo Carey

    He’s the RACIST

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Mr. President, I, too, am uncomfortable with your race. I respect true “Black” leaders like the deceased Dr. Martin Luther King (and not because he’s dead, btw!), Justice Clarence Thomas, the intellects Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams and a myriad of other of other Black leaders who know the difference between Truth and politics. I don’t know for sure but I would think these people are secure enough in themselves that THEIR skin color isn’t considered something to fall back on when they do stupid things . . . not that they would, mind you, but they have integrity. I’d be willing to bet they are not torn between their early childhood spirituality and their separatist “faith” in Liberation Theology, their parents’ philosophies of Communism, Socialism while running a Constitutional Republic and the list could go on. Playing race cards is a risky business. Mindless people start to feel sorry for you in your non-existent plight against racism since you seem to have been primarily raised by White People that did love you when you were young and DIDN’T desert you for his own Communist leanings. It ain’t skin, Mr. President, it’s failed philosophy and politics. But you continue on, if you like, along with the very “Reverends” Jesse and Al. It’s a free country . . . well, it used to be before you were hoisted on this petard by a majority White electorate. Feel sorry for yourself because you sure don’t give a damn about us . . .

  • Anonymous

    I guess the “Blame it on Bush” is getting old so it’s time to play the race card. The majority of the voters are so uncomfortable with his race that they elected him twice. He just lacks leadership ability. It’s that simple. In my 22 years in uniform I served with, over, and under many black soldiers that were true leaders. This President couldn’t hold a candle to them.

  • landofaahs

    This is slightly off topic but since today we celebrate MLK’s birthday and there is no mention of it here today, I would like to ask the following question. What right did the civil rights movement produce for me or expanded my rights as a non-black man?

  • AJ

    As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more
    closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain
    folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House
    will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic
    moron.”

    —-H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore
    Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

  • landofaahs

    It would explain why democrats can’t stand voter I.D.

  • landofaahs

    It’s difficult to tell. There are other entities that do not agree with the CIA. There is a constant war going on and has been for decades.

  • bizzy buzzbee

    All angry nastiness of name calling I did aside, what is very very true is this..he was handpicked because they knew they had an easy “mark” no matter WHAT color to be their puppet, someone who has NO idea nor care to what being a true AMERICAN IS along with NO integrity, NO spine, NO critical thinking skills and a real pushover to attain “The Agenda!” which really feeds his ego! I JUST get so weary of the race card! There are bad eggs in every color of society known to man. Wasp you are so right!

  • Boo2

    You have just proved who is the racist, BO. By trotting out that total bull crap you have shown the world what an egotistical, self-important, tyrant-wanna-be you are! You have blown it. You could have been, (maybe, but I doubt it) a decent president if you hadn’t worn your race card on your forehead. But you blew it because you became arrogant, self-righteous,…full of your own self-importance. Such a shame. Instead of going down in history as the first black president who made a difference, you’ll be remembered as the guy who ‘changed’ this country into a travesty.

    And as much as you want to deny and not hear the Truth, you will stand before a righteous God the Father & Jesus Christ, and bow you knee to Him!

  • believe

    Boy Barak is re scraping the bottom of the barrel for pity. It has nothing to do with his color.IT IS THE LACK OF HIS INTEGRITY, HIS INABILATY TO TELL A TRUTH.
    BARACK HERE THE TRUTH,YOU ARE 1/4 BLACK YOUR MOTHER WAS 100% WHITE ,FATHER1/2 ARABIC AND 1/2 BLACK, THAT MAKES YOU 1/4 BLACK.
    SO LEGALLY YOU CANNOT REFER TO YOURSELF AS BLACK..
    IF YOU CAN’T SAY OUT LOUD THE REAL REASON PEOPLE DON’T LIKE YOU,YOU ARE LIAR AND A FRAUD.
    HOPE I WAS ABLE TO CLEAR IT UP FOR YOU.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geri.clark.146 Geri Clark

    has he forgotten he’s 1/2 white
    I don’t care what color he is he hates this country and that’s what I dislike about him.

  • believe

    FIRST, lets not refer to him with the title of president, he is a disgrace to our
    to our country and the OVAL OFFICE
    And color has NOTHING to with it
    Your also a disgrace to the intelligent true black people, They are fed up with all your lying.

  • believe

    KOODOS, right on

  • believe

    HE IS 1/4 black. His mother 100% White father 1/2 Arabic 1/2 black that makes Barack 1/4th black
    He LEGALLY CANNOT refer to himself as black.
    LIAR THAT FITS BETTER,,THAT 100% a LEGAL CLAIM

  • Take 2

    The 1/2 black toned cat with 80% approval rating of all tones of skin including mostly white…Ie. before screwing up lyin cheating and spending 8 trillion of the 100% supporting his racest butt.

    Pay attention if you are black tan yellow pink female…this cat is polling all of you to SAY what you want to hear…!

  • Anonymous

    Blaming everyone else for your own failures was never a common Negro trait. However, it has defined the Arab Middle East and all of Islam since the Dark Ages (much of which still lives—under threat of death for change) in such hell-holes. To the rescue rides Barack Hussein Obama on a shiny horse, like a TV Western hero. Still playing that Hollywood movie gag:

    http://youtu.be/upvZdVK913I

  • Kenneth Lichtig

    It WAS the color of his skin which got him elected. Any controversies with his past associations with Rev. White, Bill Ayers, Illinois Land Deal-Gate with the Liberal Media circling the wagons came out with guns and rifles blazing. (Most Liberals hate the 2nd Amendment unless it serves themselves) to protect their new Poster Boy— Barack Obama.
    He has scared both parties as his Impeachable Offenses keep mounting up. The Supreme Court will rule if Obama skirted the Constitution over His Appointments while Congress was in recess.

    His ruthlessness EFFECTIVELY kicked Hillary Clinton’s chances for becoming then 2008 Democrat Nomination thus infuriating Bill Clinton.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. President,

    You can practice your speeches all day, standing in front of a mirror, you can read another persons words from off your personal presidential teleprompter, but its not the color of your skin we conservatives are at odds with…it’s your idea of transforming America down to the fundamental core of who we are…that we take issue with!

  • Anonymous

    That about sums up my feelings – this administration has diminished US capacity to effectually influence affairs around the globe. No nation fears retribution, in fact, its just the opposite, they muse at the ignorant blunderings of our childish executive in chief, licking their chops for the right moment to pounce. Russia’s Putin, has already made his move in helping all our enemies become stronger. China has now outstripped US Navel capacity to dominate in the region of Asia, and now, Obama has set a date for our troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan sometime later this year. Does anyone care what color Obama’s skin might be, when the terrorist have come here with their violence.

  • Anonymous

    Make no mistake, this man is taking full advantage of the color of his skin, its about the only thing he has left to fight with, everything else this man has done in office, and I mean – everything – has failed miserably…he’s now playing the last trump-card in his political bag of tricks.

  • Anonymous

    So what you are suggesting then is, its not the color of ones skin, but, in fact, it is the color of their character that counts.

  • Anonymous

    You have the right to sit-back..shut-your-mouth and take all this insanity in with a smile on your face…that’s my view…anything else would be racists you know.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, perhaps you should rise above your notion that these acknowledgments of racism are divisive and consider that discussion of reality is healthy.

  • landofaahs

    Thank you for the de facto admission that there is nothing you can think of in answer to my question. We seem to have come to the same conclusion.

  • Anonymous

    ….conquer….

  • Anonymous

    Obama can blame race all day long, but as long as there is any kind of hate and he is part of it, his words are hypocrisy. He says people don’t like him because of his color, but he doesn’t like others because of their political party or ideas that don’t match up with his and he vilifies them just as much if not more than anyone does him for his race.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Any person who would intentionally misrepresent himself as a foreign exchange student to get funding for an ivy league education, and then use political clout and legal maneuvers to deny access to the records of his academic life isn’t to be trusted in any regard. The fact that the left went all in for this liar isn’t surprising in the least – they are all Machiavellians at heart and will do or say anything up to and including murder or causing it to achieve their goals.

    I certainly hope it is his last card – we need as a nation to be rid of his man-caused disaster. He has one distinction in his administration has replaced Jimmy Carter’s as the worst in the history of the country.

  • Anonymous

    Obama plays the race card at every opportunity. He is not trying to bring Americans together, he wants the division between the races, as it works to his advantage.

  • CrapsDealer

    I haven’t me a liberal yet who can LOGICALLY explain why Herman Cain, Allen West, and Ben Carson are so popular amongst “racist” Conservatives.

  • Anonymous

    Its hard to imagine this guy miraculously falling into the laps of the democratic political handlers, no, he was groomed and painstakingly selected, though, first candidate selection Clinton, was already midstream and well into the process, but she’s such a bitch, that even the handlers were frantically maneuvering to give her a new image…and then came along Barrack, known as Berry to his Kenyan friends..and suddenly, after a new profile and shazam we’ve got ourselves the first black president. Now, he and his handlers are taking full advantage of his skin color…come to think about it, I’ve noticed Hillery’s skin tone taking on a shade or two on the darker side…I hope I’m not reading anything into that.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t begrudge his black half!! I begrudge his white half as he is giving us a bad name!!!

    When is this a$$ going to STOP with the race card? EVERYTIME things aren’t going his way–like Obozocare and the recent report on Benghazi telling us of his and Killery’s culpability in the death of 4 Americans–HE SAYS THINGS ABOUT HIS RACE–AGAIN!!! Give it a rest Obozo!! It’s not working anymore and you look like a fool!!!

  • Otto Lassiter

    “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
    – BH Obama before the 2008 elections
    Yeah, I must be a racist if I oppose a candidate for president that delivers a line like that.

  • Bill Tilghman

    ROTFL!

  • Stand up

    What is Character?

    The action you take to carry out the values,
            ethics and morals that you believe in.

    Consistency between what you say you will
            do and what you actually do.

    Putting the ethics into action.

    Defines, builds, or breaks your reputation.

    Moral strength. It takes moral courage to do
           what is right when it may cost more than you  
           are willing to pay.

    Who you are and what you do when no one
           is looking.

  • Anonymous

    Now if only, we can get a few liberals to read your remarkable post…of course, no one is looking so why bother. Why bare fruit, when Obama will help himself, to pluck it off one mans tree and freely give it to another. Character is worked for, something a growing number of our citizens have exhibited an open willingness not to do.

  • Anonymous

    If unemployed adults would work caring for their own elderly or disabled parents and their own vulnerable and defenseless children medi-care and medi-caid expenses/income would balance and at-risk children would be protected, successful and loved.

    Obama is not the problem, we are!

  • Firey Hooks

    Since it is impossible to know who among us knows best, we trust the competitive efforts of many to help us see better ways of doing things.

  • Lorraine

    Why does no one ever call him white? He is half white. Even tho he rejects his white half, it is there. Why does no one call him racist because he does reject his whiteness?